The original castle sim, Stronghold HD allows you to design, build and destroy historical castles. Engage in medieval warfare against the AI in one of two single player campaigns or online with up to 8 players.
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Very Positive (52 reviews) - 90% of the 52 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,603 reviews) - 93% of the 1,603 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 19, 2001

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April 25

New Language Support

Brazilian Portuguese Now Available!

For the first time ever our updated HD version of the original Stronghold (2001) is now available with full BR-PT language support:

  • On-screen text, subtitles and sound.
  • Over 1000 lines of spoken dialogue and 1.5 hours of new audio.
  • Hear your favorite characters insult you in your native tongue!
  • A first for Stronghold HD.

As with the release of the original HD update in late 2012, this new language is free for all existing owners of the game. To change the game language for Stronghold HD on Steam please follow these instructions:

  1. Log into your Steam account.
  2. Right click on a game from the Steam game library and choose Properties.
  3. Go to the Language tab.
  4. Select the language you wish to use from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click OK.

Please Note - Files for this language may need to be downloaded before you can play.

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About This Game

The original castle sim, Stronghold HD allows you to design, build and destroy historical castles. Engage in medieval warfare against the AI in one of two single player campaigns or online with up to 8 players.

Story

With 21 missions to test your mettle and four renegade lords to defeat, it is up to you to reunite medieval England and take back your lands from the treacherous Rat, Pig, Snake and Wolf. Missions range from breaking sieges and capturing enemy castles to raising gold and holding off enemy attacks. Also featured is a full economic campaign, tasking players to gather resources and build weapons within the time limit.

HD Edition

With new high resolution graphics you have more control over your soldiers than ever before. The new HD battlefield view allows you to zoom out and play in real-time, with the whole map on one screen. Advance on the castle gates while flanking the enemy from behind, feign retreat and lead your foe into a deadly trap or just sit back and watch the destruction unfold.

Features
  • Join the fight for medieval England as you drive back the forces of the villainous Wolf.
  • Design and build your very own castle, with a working economy and brutal killing zones.
  • Battle through 21 story-based missions, defending against enemy attack and dominating your foes.
  • Besiege famous historical castles in unique game modes such as “Siege That!” or build to your heart’s content in the combat-free economic campaign.
  • High resolution graphics allow you to view the entire map on a single screen.
  • Steam Cloud support for saved games.
  • Updated for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 compatibility.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: 1.6GHz equivalent Intel or AMD processor
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Video: 64MB video card with hardware Transform & Lighting
    • Hard Drive: 2.5GB uncompressed free space
    • Sound: DirectX 7 compatible sound card or higher
    • Direct X: DirectX 9.0c (included) or higher
    • Multiplayer: GameRanger software will be installed for mutiplayer matchmaking support
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TIEpilot25
( 35.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
After only playing for around 30 hours, I can honestly say this is a must have game for anyone who likes RTS.

Campaign: The campaign is very enjoyable to play, with excellent characters (Duke De Puce is my favorite), funny dialoge, and challanging missions. There are two types of campaigns to choose from; an Economic and a Millitary. The economic missions require the player to produce certian ammouts of product for the King (Bows, food, men, ect.), while the millitary requires you to reclaim your fathers counties from four enemy lords (through seiges and defenses of resources).

Single Missions: These allow you to play single missions that have no conection to the campaign. There are several to choose from such as Siege that and invasion. Siege that has you build a keep with limited stone resources and defend it, giving you a score at the end. Invasion is a mix of Economy and Millitary, having players build a settlement then defend it some years later.

Map Editor: In my opinion, this is the best feature of the game. You can build ANYTHING you can think of; be it villages, forts, landscapes, ect! The terrain editor is very intuitive and fairly easy to learn and it has many features to play with. You can find building "Hacks" and tips online which brings me to my last point...

The Community: Don't want to play the campaign? Can't think of anything in the Sandbox? Just head to this site for thousands of community made castles and scenarios. http://stronghold.heavengames.com/downloads/

Overall, a very fun game packed with hours and hours content and a great community. Get it as soon as possible (Or on sale like I did :D)
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The Daddy Part Deux
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
A fantastic game even for an old game. This game never gets boring and can be very challenging at times.
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Dude[Andrix]
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I just recently bought the game and I kinda liked it, I know i only played for Like an hour but it's freaking 3am in here and my class starts in 6:30am so you should give it a try I really want to play more. It's a good game I suggest you should try this game :)
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Camonetting ❦
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
No need to worry, I'm a trained chiropractor. Or was it osteopath? No, my mistake, I'm neither!
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Barrfind&Rarity
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Well, good old Stronghold. Maybe old but still one of the best. Not a crap like second they do. Good simulator of building castle and strategy. I have like it then and I still like it same. I love soundtrack of game by the way.
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Lustkas
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Stronghold is love. Stronghold is life.
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Majorconnor10
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
11/10 best intro ever
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TylerDurdenCZ
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Nothing but classic of my childhood.
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Mr Ted White
( 26.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
I dislike assault levels, the ai never gives you much time to build up before you get attacked.
Dont take me wrong it could be good it you dont have to rush everything, 2 and 3 is much better.
Good and simple.

It does seem this is a version from the game "castles", much better when it comes to game quality.
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Flensburger
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
We need more wood, my Lord!
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Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
THE only Stronghold.
Burn the other Titles.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
What can I say? Just its a legend and very simple but one of the greatest game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
An epic series which really **** up in stronghold crusader 2 and stronghold 3.
-don't doubt my play time, ı had been playing it for years -

If we get to the topic, this game is awesome. One of the best rts games i have seen my whole life. I won't count the cons and pros because there is not really much to say.

But if you want to play a really long stronghold adventure, buy stronghold crusader. You will spend atleast 45 hours ending the whole campaign. Stronghold HD doesn't have skirmish, neither a big "vs" campaign. so it's whole gameplay is only 12 hours.

My personal thought for this series: Stronghold Crusader > Stronghold > Stronghold 2. The rest of the series is not really playable if you ask me
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
A fantastic game even for an old game. This game never gets boring and can be very challenging at times.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
I just recently bought the game and I kinda liked it, I know i only played for Like an hour but it's freaking 3am in here and my class starts in 6:30am so you should give it a try I really want to play more. It's a good game I suggest you should try this game :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
One of the best games since many years!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Realy good Strategy game!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
We need more wood, my Lord!
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